Inspect Your Deck

Inspect Your Deck

Summer Deck Inspection   Summer seems to be slipping away quickly. And, while you’ve hosted many barbecues on your back deck, you might not of had time to properly take care of it. August is the perfect month to conduct a deck inspection and make any repairs before it comes time to prepare it for winter. Below are tips on what issues to keep an eye out for and how to fix them.  

Inspect The Deck
It’s important to do a thorough inspection of your deck every summer. You don’t want to step through a rotted board or have a railing break away from under you. Be sure to pay extra attention to places close to the ground or near water sources, such as under planters and next to the water spigot.  

Check For Rot
Take a screwdriver and poke areas of the deck that look like they could be rotting. If you can push the screwdriver in a quarter inch or more, then you’ll need to consider replacing the board. However if the whole is smaller than the size of a tennis ball, you can fill it with wood preservative and save some money.  

Get Low
Go under the deck if possible. You’ll need to check the supporting beams for any serious problems. Dangerous scenarios occur when the structure of the deck is compromised. If you find an issue with a beam that cannot be removed because it’s holding up the deck, then reinforce it on both sides with pressure-treated lumber. Then scrape away the decomposing area.  

Shake It Up
Give the railings a good shake to make sure their structurally sound. Check for cracking around screw and nail holes. If you find one, then remove the screw or nail, seal with exterior adhesive and drill a new hole to secure again.  

Look For Cupping
Cupping occurs when wood absorbs and releases moisture, which causes the floor planks to bow and warp. You want to make sure that guests and your family don’t trip over unruly slats, so rent a professional sander and even out the imperfections.  

Perform a deck inspection to make sure your outdoor area is in suitable condition. Serious injuries can occur when homeowners don’t take the time to properly inspect and maintain their outdoor living spaces. Not to mention, it saves money to catch issues early and not have to replace the entire structure.
 

Call Lisa Cardillo with JP and Associates REALTORS today.  Lisa Cardillo specializes in residential real estate in Wylie and Rockwall well as the surrounding communities.  Want a faster sale at a higher price? Let my education, experience and advanced marketing techniques benefit you in the sale of your home.   Looking at buying or selling real estate, Call or text me any time:  214-727-3366

Links:   Water spigot http://www.hgtv.com/gardening/how-to-replace-an-outdoor-water-spigot/index.html   They could be rotting http://handymanjoes.com/checking-for-deck-rot/   Outdoor living spaces http://www.installitdirect.com/blog/how-to-create-maintain-an-eco-friendly-outdoor-living-space/    


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